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Mar 27, 2017 5:53 PM

Ohio Senate OKs transportation bill

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Senate signed off on its version of a $7.8 billion biennial budget for the Ohio Department of Transportation and a handful of other state agencies Wednesday, sending the legislation to a conference committee to hash out differences with the Ohio House.

By Marc Kovac | Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Mar 27, 2017 5:48 PM

Ohio attorney general warns of tax scams

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said more consumers are reporting tax-related scams with about four weeks remaining until the April 18 filing deadline.

10 things that happened this week in the Ohio Statehouse
Mar 24, 2017 10:05 AM

10 things that happened this week in the Ohio Statehouse

COLUMBUS — Lawmakers continue to move legislation, including the biennial transportation budget, health officials are urging residents to take precautions against the Zika virus and the director of the Ohio Department of Health is moving on.

By Marc Kovac | Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Mar 21, 2017 1:03 PM

Ohio HIghway Patrol seeking CALEA accreditation

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Highway Patrol will welcome comments from community members in an upcoming public call-in session at 4:30 p.m. March 29 in the Shipley Building Atrium, 1970 W. Broad St., Columbus.

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Mar 21, 2017 1:01 PM

Ohio Senate panel amends transportation budget

COLUMBUS -- An Ohio Senate panel amended legislation Monday setting nearly $8 billion in spending over the next two fiscal years for the Ohio Department of Transportation and several other state agencies.

By Marc Kovac | Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Renacci to run for governor
Mar 21, 2017 12:59 PM

Renacci to run for governor

COLUMBUS -- Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci announced his intentions Monday to run for governor. In addition to a released announcement, Renacci also filed a treasurer designation form with the secretary of state's office marking the start of his campaign.

By Marc Kovac | Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Mar 9, 2017 1:49 PM

Ohio Senate considers eliminating primaries for uncontested races

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senate has again moved legislation eliminating primary elections if races are not contested.SB 10 passed on a vote of 32-0 and heads to the Ohio House for further consideration.

By Marc Kovac | Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Mar 3, 2017 10:40 AM

Ohio House OKs state's $8 billion spending plan

COLUMBUS — The Ohio House OK’d legislation setting nearly $8 billion in spending over the next two fiscal years by the Ohio Department of Transportation and several other state agencies.

By Marc Kovac | Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Mar 1, 2017 3:09 PM

Ohio sees record number of licenses to carry a gun

COLUMBUS — Ohioans secured record numbers of licenses to carry concealed firearms last year, according to statistics released by Attorney General Mike DeWine Wednesday.A total of 117,953 new licenses were issued, well above the 71,589 issued in 2015.

By Marc Kovac | Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Mar 1, 2017 10:45 AM

Bill protects Ohio dating violence victims

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio House moved legislation Tuesday that would enable victims of dating violence to seek protection orders against their attackers. HB 1 passed on a vote of 92-2 and heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

By Marc Kovac | Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
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Mar 1, 2017 10:43 AM

Ohio senator wants Pete Rose reinstated into baseball

COLUMBUS -- A state senator has again asked lawmakers to sign off on a resolution urging Major League Baseball to reinstate Pete Rose and allow his consideration for induction into the Hall of Fame. Sen.

By Marc Kovac | Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Mar 1, 2017 10:41 AM

Husted: 82 cast illegal votes in 6 years in Ohio

COLUMBUS -- Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted's office said Monday that it has identified another 385 non-citizens who registered to vote in Ohio, and 82 of those cast ballots in primary or general elections over the past half a dozen years.

By Marc Kovac | Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Feb 23, 2017 1:54 PM

Ohio committee OKs amendments to transportation budget

COLUMBUS — Boaters would be allowed to keep tabs on water skiers using rearview mirrors, under an amendment added to the biennial transportation budget Tuesday.

By Marc Kovac | Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Feb 23, 2017 1:53 PM

Ohio National Guard to get 20 new Black Hawk helicopters

COLUMBUS — Take a peek into a circa-1986 Black Hawk helicopter and you’ll see a lot of gauges and low-tech-looking buttons and levers.“We lovingly referred to them as ‘steam gauges,’” said Maj.

By Marc Kovac | Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Feb 23, 2017 1:51 PM

Ohio Senate OKs sales tax holiday

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senate made quick work of legislation extending for a third year a sales tax holiday on back-to-school purchases, passing it Wednesday, a week after the bill’s first committee hearing.

By Marc Kovac | Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Feb 16, 2017 5:49 PM

DeWine urges police, faith leaders to help address heroin epidemic

COLUMBUS — It’s a bleak picture: Parents overdosing in front of their kids, an Ohioan dying every few hours every day from heroin abuse, county coroners trying to find more room to store the resulting dead bodies.

By Marc Kovac | Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Feb 16, 2017 5:47 PM

Barn propsoed as Ohio's 'official historic architectural structure'

COLUMBUS — A lawmaker has proposed designating the barn as the state’s “official historical architectural structure.”Rep.

By Marc Kovac | Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Feb 16, 2017 5:46 PM

Ohio lawmakers get down to work on legislation

COLUMBUS — The executive budget was formally introduced, there was ample talk about President Donald Trump and lawmakers got down to work on other legislation during a busy early-in-the-session week in Ohio’s capital city.

By Marc Kovac | Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
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Feb 16, 2017 5:43 PM

Ohio law tightens penalties on cocaine sale, possession

COLUMBUS — The Ohio House passed legislation Feb. 15 to tighten the penalties against those who possess or sell cocaine.HB 4 was OK’d on a vote of 97-0 and heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

By Marc Kovac | Gatehouse Statehouse Bureau
Feb 2, 2017 12:32 PM

Right to Work issue in Ohio might be decided by voters

COLUMBUS — The head of the Ohio House’s Finance Committee expects backers of Right to Work to reintroduce legislation this session implementing the policy in the state.But Rep.

By Marc Kovac | Rpc Capital Bureau Chief